Fallen Hero: SSG(Ret) Reuben Lee James


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McKibben & Guinn Funeral Services

4817 Commerce St. Grenada, MS
(662) 307-2694




A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Red Hill Cemetery in Duck Hill


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on November 13, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. SSG(Ret) Reuben Lee James, age 75, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within HHB 631st Field Artillery Group, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Red Hill Cemetery in Duck Hill for Reuben Lee James, 75 of Grenada, who passed on to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, November 13 at his residence surrounded by family.  The family will gather 30 minutes prior to the service at graveside on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Reuben was born on June 1, 1946, in Carroll County, the son of Thomas (Tom) James and Ruth Beck James.  He retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers and served in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed the outdoors, wood working, and spending time with his family. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

His parents, Thomas James and Ruth Beck James; Brothers, Roy James, Tom James, Charles James, Bill James and Doug James preceded Reuben in death.